In today's Big 12 Twitter mailbag, we discuss mascots, spring breakout players and the QB battles at Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Texas.
On to the 'bag:
Trotter: Pete is a fine mascot. But I would have to go with "The Mountaineer" of West Virginia. I remember covering the Fiesta Bowl between Oklahoma and West Virginia in 2007, and before the game, a colleague and I were doing a video interview with the then Mountaineer. All of a sudden, in the middle of the interview, he just takes off full sprint to cheer the team as they came out of the tunnel for pregame warmups. I actually got to know the Mountaineer from two years ago, Jonathan Kimble (who is a great guy, by the way), pretty well. He works in Texas now and emails me when he thinks I'm not giving the Mountaineers enough love on the blog.
@Jake_Trotter who is your favorite mascot?? My bet is on Pistol Pete.— Nick Ward (@nlelandw) April 2, 2015
Trotter: The more Kliff Kingsbury talks, the more it sounds like he's going to wait until the fall to name his starter. I have no problem with that. But I also have a difficult time envisioning Pat Mahomes not ultimately winning the job, given how he played to finish last season.
@Jake_Trotter given the annual tech qb situation. What's your opinion on how long it should be to announce who is the starter— Jacob (@Jmjonietz) April 2, 2015
Trotter: Man, even celebrities like Bob Barry Jr. want to be part of the 'bag. I haven't seen any over/unders from Vegas yet. But my personal over/under for the Sooners would be 8 1/2. The Sooners have a brutal November schedule, with Baylor and Oklahoma State on the road, and TCU at home. They could be underdogs in all three. The rest of the schedule, however, is manageable. To me, the key tilt falls on Week 2. If the Sooners can knock off Tennessee on the road, it's not unthinkable they could be undefeated going into November.
@Jake_Trotter okay I'll start JT: over/under on Sooners win total this season.— Bob Barry, Jr. (@bbjsports) April 2, 2015
Trotter: To me, Baker Mayfield is the favorite to win the job. When he first transferred that would have seemed crazy. Trevor Knight was firmly entrenched as the starter and Mayfield was looking at sitting out a year due to in-conference transfer rules. But Knight's struggles last season combined with Mayfield's familiarity with the system new coordinator Lincoln Riley is installing, Mayfield has the edge.
@Jake_Trotter Who is the OU QB favorite heading into the Spring?— Anthony Palmer (@apalm91) April 2, 2015
Trotter: I have no problem with turkey bacon. I don't eat it. But I wouldn't be against eating it. One of my favorite dinners from my bachelor days was turkey sausage with barbecue sauce and black pepper. Easy to prepare. Tasty. Reasonably healthy.
@Jake_Trotter Is Turkey bacon real bacon?— Colin Burns (@TheCBurns) April 2, 2015
Trotter: K-State athletic director John Currie is a smart guy, and I'm sure he has a short list of names in mind. The Bill Snyder tree is a large one, though at the same time, there isn't an obvious heir-apparent, either. I have no idea what direction they will go. But I do think it's important that whatever hire K-State makes, it does it with Snyder's blessing to make the transition as seamless as possible. Personally, I hope Snyder coaches another five years. College football is much more fun with him than without.
@Jake_Trotter does kansas state have a coach they are thinking about after Snyder calls it quits?— Seth Meadows (@meadows1115) April 2, 2015
Trotter: Guys I've heard promising things about so far this spring: Baylor DE Brian Nance, TCU CB Torrance Mosley, Oklahoma State LT Victor Salako, Oklahoma TE Mark Andrews, Iowa State CB Brian Peavy and Texas Tech DT Josh Outlaw.
@Jake_Trotter who's been impressing you this spring so far ? And who looks ready to have a breakout year ?— E (@Vandeezal) April 2, 2015
Trotter: For 2015, yes. Beyond that, no. The Red River Showdown is one of the most storied rivalries in college football history. The "Revivalry" (there's already a "Holy War" see: BYU-Utah) can become a really good rivalry, especially if Baylor and TCU remain relevant. But it is never going to stack up to the pageantry, tradition and ferocity of the Red River game, which is easily one of the five best rivalries in college football.
@Jake_Trotter Has BU/TCU officially replaced UT/OU for most anticipated conference showdown? How bout a cool name - The Holy War?— Stu. (@FreeStuart) April 2, 2015